WASHINGTON â The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):
President Donald Trump says ânobody that I know ofâ on his campaign staff contacted Russian officials.
Trump initially did not provide a straight yes or no answer on whether or not anyone on his staff had made those contacts. When pressed by reporters at a Thursday news conference, he said he wasnât aware of any.
He repeatedly denied having links with Russia, a claim he deemed âfake news.â
Trump asked for the resignation of Michael Flynn after the national security adviser misled the vice president about his conversations with a Russian official.
Flynn admitted that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Trump said Thursday that he did not order that conversation, but he âwould have directedâ him to have that conversation had he known.
President Donald Trump says he is tailoring his executive order over the policy to allow undocumented minors to stay temporarily in the U.S. to a decision handed down by the courts.
The president said Thursday he is going to âdeal with DACA with heart.â
DACA allows young adults to get work permits and Social Security numbers and protects them from deportation.
Ending DACA is part of the presidentâs broader plan to crack down on illegal immigration, which was a cornerstone of his campaign. Trump says heâll focus his efforts on those in the country illegally who have criminal records.
Trump says he needs to convince politicians that âwhat I am saying is right.â
He says he has the âbest lawyersâ working on DACA now and the ânew executive order is being tailored to the decision we got from the court.â
President Donald Trump says a new executive order on immigration will be tailored to the federal court decision that blocked implementation of his original order.
The original order temporarily blocked travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. It sparked protests nationwide and was put on hold by a federal court. A federal appeals court based in San Francisco last week upheld the lower courtâs decision. Trump has called the appellate ruling a âvery bad decisionâ and the administration has been mulling its options since then.
Trump says the new order is being tailored to satisfy the ruling from the San Francisco appeals court.
He did not reveal any specifics of the new order, but says it will be issued next week.
President Donald Trump says it makes sense for the U.S. to get along better with Russia because both are nuclear powers.
The president said during a lengthy White House news conference that the risks of conflict with the country are enormous.
Trump says, âWeâre a very powerful nuclear country, and so are they.â
He says heâs been briefed on the issue and adds, âNuclear holocaust would be like no other.â
Trump also says he wonât forecast how heâll respond to provocations from Russia, North Korea or Iran. He says thatâs to maintain the element of surprise.
President Donald Trump is defending the rocky rollout of his travel ban, which judges have put on hold while they weigh its legality.
He calls the rollout âvery smoothâ and âperfectâ but says it ran into âa bad court.â
Trump says he wanted to do the same order but have it take effect after a month or so, but he says he was advised by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly not to do that because it would give people with bad intent time to flow into the country.
He says, âThatâs why we did it quickly.â Waiting, he says, âwould have wasted a lot of time, and maybe a lot of lives.â
Senate Democrats are asking the White House and law enforcement agencies to preserve all materials related to contacts between Russians and individuals associated with President Donald Trump.
The nine Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter Thursday to White House counsel Donald McGahn, and similar letters to the Justice Department and the FBI.
The letters ask for confirmation the White House, FBI and Justice Department have instructed their employees to preserve all materials related to any contacts Trumpâs administration, campaign, transition team â or anyone acting on their behalf â have had with Russian government officials or its associates.
President Donald Trump is staunchly denying that he has any contact or connections with Russia.
Defending against accusations that he and certain members of his administration have close ties or contacts with the Russian government, Trump said, âI have nothing to do with Russia. I have no deals there. I donât know anything.â
He says Michael Flynn, his national security adviser who was fired this week after revelations that he discussed sanctions with a Russian diplomat, was just doing his job by contacting Russia.
He says Flynn was asked to resign because he was dishonest about the details of the call with Vice President Mike Pence.
But he adds, âI didnât direct him (to make the call), but I would have directed him because that was his job.â
President Donald Trump says his ousted national security adviser was âjust doing his job.â
Trump is recounting why he asked Michael Flynn for his resignation.
The president says at a news conference that he was ânot happyâ with how information about Flynnâs phone call to a Russian diplomat was relayed to Vice President Mike Pence.
But Trump says what Flynn did âwasnât wrongâ â and after that, Trump is calling attention to what he says is âclassified information that was given illegally.â
Trump also says heâs got someone good to replace Flynn, which made the decision to let him go easier.
President Donald Trump claims his administration is running like âa fine-tuned machine.â
But evidence points to the contrary.
Trump says at a White House news conference that he turns on the TV and opens the newspapers and sees âstories of chaos.â
He says the truth is that âit is the exact opposite.â
Trump says his administration âis running like a fine-tuned machine despite the fact that I canât get my Cabinet approved.â
Trumpâs comments come amid a period of apparent dysfunction at the White House marked by leaks, division and several high-profile exits.
Just this week, his top national security aide and his pick for labor secretary were ousted.
âThis story has been corrected to reflect in the item on Trumpâs comments about how his administration is running that the quote is âthe exact opposite,â not âthe exact opposition.
President Donald Trump says his administration will release a new executive order on immigration next week to â in his words â âcomprehensively protect our country.â
Trumpâs original order restricted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. It led to massive protests and was put on hold by a federal appeals court.
Trump tweeted âSEE YOU IN COURT!â after that ruling. His administration said it would immediately appeal â and either revise its original executive order or write a new one.
But nearly a week has gone by without action from the White House.
Trump isnât saying what the new order would do.
President Donald Trump says heâs chosen R. Alexander Acosta to be labor secretary â a day after Trumpâs first nominee, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, withdrew when he lost support among Republican senators.
Trump says at a White House news conference that he believes Acosta will be âtremendousâ in the Cabinet job.
Acosta is dean of the Florida International University law school, has a law degree from Harvard and is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Puzder pulled out after it was revealed that he once employed a housekeeper who was not authorized to work in the U.S.
President Donald Trump has met with one of his staunchest campaign opponents, financier Paul Singer.
The president says at a news conference that Singer was at the White House on Thursday morning and is now âa very strong ally.â
Singer is a New York hedge fund manager who spends millions of dollars on political candidates and causes. He had been a crucial player in the âNever Trumpâ movement that tried to stop Trumpâs Republican candidacy.
Hereâs what Trump thinks of Singer now: âHe was a very strong opponent, and now heâs a very strong ally.â
Singer has been wooing Trump since shortly after his election. Trump isnât saying what the two discussed Thursday, and a Singer representative isnât immediately replying to a request for comment.
The âpress is out of control.â
Thatâs what President Donald Trump has said at a White House news conference.
He says the âlevel of dishonesty is out of control,â and he says heâll take his message âstraight to the people.â
Trumpâs criticism of the media has grown amid reports that members of his administration had associations or communications with the Russian government.
Trump says there is âdistortion,â but he hopes everyone can get along.
But, he adds, âmaybe we wonât and thatâs OK.â
President Donald Trump is expected to name law school dean R. Alexander Acosta as his new choice for secretary of labor.
A White House official says the announcement will come the day after Trumpâs original pick, Andrew Puzder, withdrew after it became clear he lacked enough Republican votes for Senate confirmation. The official isnât authorized to comment on an announcement that has not been made and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Acosta has served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a federal prosecutor in Florida. Former President George W. Bush named him assistant attorney general for civil rights.
Puzder withdrew on the eve of his confirmation hearing because Republicans balked at an array of personal and professional issues. Puzder said he had employed â and belatedly paid taxes on â a housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.
âThis story has been corrected to reflect that the announcement has not been made.
The Trump administration has asked the co-founder of a New York-based equity fund to lead a review of the intelligence community.
A senior White House official says Stephen Feinberg of Cerberus Capital Management has been asked to head a review of the various intelligence agencies and make recommendations on improvements.
The official was not authorized to discuss private personnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official says that Feinbergâs role is not official until he completes an ethics review.
President Donald Trump has been highly critical of the intelligence community amid leaks that led to revelations about associations and conversations with Russia by some senior members of his staff.
Trump on Tuesday tweeted, âThe real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by âintelligenceâ like candy. Very un-American!â
President Donald Trump plans a news conference about midday Thursday to announce his nominee for labor secretary â âa star, great person,â in his words.
Trumpâs first pick for the job, fast food chain executive Andy Puzder, withdrew from consideration after it was revealed he employed a housekeeper who wasnât authorized to work in the U.S.
Trump has blamed Senate Democrats for stalling or complicating the confirmation process of several of his Cabinet nominees.
President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of fabricating news reports about Russia because âthey lost the election.â
The president tweeted Thursday, âThe Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306),â he wrote, citing the number of electoral votes he banked to win the general election.
He continues, âso they made up a story – RUSSIA. Fake news!â
Trump asked his national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, to resign this week when it was revealed that Flynn had discussed sanctions with a Russian diplomat before Trump took office.
U.S. intelligence agencies have also said the Russian government tampered with the presidential election in an attempt to help Trump win.
A former Donald Trump associate and campaign official is blaming the bumpy start of the billionaireâs presidency on mixed loyalties in the White House.
Roger Stone declined to name names in an appearance on NBCâs âTodayâ show Thursday, but he discussed âa division between those who are loyal to the president and those who are loyal to the Republican National Committee.â
When asked if he was referring to Reince Priebus (ryns PREEâ-bus), who headed the RNC before joining Trumpâs team and becoming chief of staff in the West Wing, Stone demurred, indicating he didnât want to say who he was talking about.
Stone says, âThe leaking that is coming out of the White House is a manifestation of the factâ that some of the people Trump hired âare not loyal.â
He adds, âI think itâs healthier to have people in the administration who share the presidentâs vision of where he wants to take the country.â
President Donald Trump is warning âlow-life leakersâ of classified information that they will be caught.
In a pair of tweets Thursday, Trump says, âLeaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years. Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!â
Trump writes, âthe spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!â
Trumpâs national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned at Trumpâs urging this week after a series of reports revealed Flynn held addressed the issue of sanctions with a Russian diplomat before Trump was in office.
On Wednesday, Trump said it was âreally a sad thing that he was treated so badly.â
He tweeted Wednesday that âclassified information is illegally given out by âintelligenceâ like candy. Very un-American!â
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